Keuka Lake, a Y-shaped lake known as the Lady of the Lakes, was the site of the pioneering of winemaking in the Finger Lakes region and has some extremely scenic and amazing views. The wineries on Keuka Lake afford guests winding scenic drives with views of the lake’s sparkling waters and abundant grapevines which include native varieties as well as European variety grapes. Explore the Keuka Lake Wine Trail year-round and discover the unique beauty the area has to offer while sipping award-winning, local wines. If you visit the Finger Lakes in the fall, you may even get the deliciously amazing experience of smelling grapes fresh off the vine being pressed for harvest!
Keuka Lake Wineries List
Dr. Konstantin Frank – Ukrainian Dr. Konstantin Frank was a pioneer in grape growing in the Finger Lakes region, discovering early growing techniques that were crucial for European wine grapes to survive in the Finger Lakes region as well as adaptations to counter the cold growing conditions for vines in the Finger Lakes. Quickly earning a reputation for their Rieslings, Dr. Konstantin Frank has won international awards for several of their wines. These wines and more are available for tasting year-round and all tastings are complimentary and free of charge!
Hunt Country Vineyards – The 170 acres Hunt Country Vineyards sits on along the West side of Keuka Lake on has been home to the Hunt family for seven generations. Hunt Country Vineyards is the oldest, continuous producer of genuine ice wine in the United States and has had their wine served at the United Nations, ordered by the White House, featured in Food and Wine Magazine and on NBC’s Today Show.
Heron Hill Winery – Located on a slate hill overlooking Keuka Lake, Heron Hill Winery’s Greco-Roman winery exterior is impressive from the roadside with stunning views of Keuka Lake and the grapevines in front of the property. You can sample these wines and more in their tasting room that was named one of the 10 most spectacular tasting rooms in the world by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Their signature heron can often be found flying somewhere close by while guests sip on their award winning wines.
Keuka Spring Vineyards – Producing a number of red and white wines, Keuka Spring Vineyards boasts one of the best selections of wines in the Finger Lakes and boasts the distinguished award of being the Winery of the Year in 2016. Located three miles south of Penn Yan, you can picnic or shop for regional gifts at the gift shop while you're at Keuka Spring Vineyards.
McGregor Vineyard – McGregor Vineyard was one of the first to prove the more delicate vinifera grapes could be grown in the Finger Lakes region in spite of the cold winters. Since opening the vineyard in 1971 and their winery in 1980, McGregor Vineyard has produced a variety of wine but is best known for their Black Russian Red wine.
Pleasant Valley Wine Company – Holding the designation U.S. Bonded Winery No.1, the Pleasant Valley Wine Company produces a wide variety of white, red, sparkling and dessert wines. The Pleasant Valley Wine Company, located just outside of downtown Hammondsport on the south end of Keuka Lake, is also home to the famous Great Western Winery Visitors Center with is rich with Finger Lakes wine history.
Rooster Hill Vineyards – After leaving their careers in Southern California, Amy and David Hoffman came to Keuka Lake to plant the Savina Estate Vineyard in 2002, yielding its first winemaking fruit in 2004. Amy and David have created Rooster Hill winery, quite literally nestled among the vines on the east side of Keuka Lake, with the winery’s interior ambience bringing a taste of Tuscany to the area.
Vineyard View Winery – Adam Foltz is a fifth generation grape grower but he didn't find his passion for winemaking until he found himself in Texas, thanks to his service in the Air Force, where he met a couple who owned a small winery. Foltz started created a plan for his own winery in 2010, putting the plan to action and tells the familiar story guests to the region will discover that a hardworking man had a plan, planted a vineyard, crushed and sorted grapes year over year to prove that hard work really does make amazing wine. Stop in to the tasting room to learn all the best grape growing practices, from a family that knows it well, can share while you sip on their tasty wines.
Weis Vineyards - Born in Zell Mosel, Germany, Winemaker Hans Peter Weis traveled to the United States on a quest to pursue his passion and discover the world. However, his travels were cut short when he stumbled upon his home away from home in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Terroir is the name of the game in this particular winery’s circumstance. What is terroir? A set of environmental factors that add up to a wine’s smell and taste. Finding the minerality of the soil and climate similar to that of home in Germany, Peter is able to pursue his passion of handcrafting traditional German style wines for Finger Lakes locals and guests alike to enjoy!